Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do I Need a Living Will (ADHC)?

Yes, everyone should have a living will. This legal document allows you to set-up guidelines for your healthcare in the event you can't make the decisions yourself. A living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and advance directive for health care (ADHC) are all the same document. Since 2007, Georgia has combined all of these documents into the ADHC.

"You have the right to control all aspects of your personal care and medical treatment, including the right to insist upon medical treatment or direct that medical treatment be withheld or withdrawn. If you cannot (or do not want to) communicate your health care decisions for yourself, you have the right to choose someone to make health care decisions for you. You also have the right to state your treatment preferences if you have a terminal condition or are in a state of permanent unconsciousness. The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act gives you an opportunity to choose someone to make health care decisions on your behalf and to make a clear expression of your decisions regarding health care if you are in a terminal condition or state of permanent unconsciousness by executing an advance directive for health care."

Georgia has a standard ADHC form anyone can use. The form and instructions for how to execute the document can be found in this handout from Georgia Department of Human Services.

Read more about ADHC:

Contact the Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC to discuss your advance directive for healthcare.  770.466.2700

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